Starfall by Melissa Landers
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 7, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 368 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.
Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?
When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.
Returning to the thrilling escapades of the Banshee and her crew, had me ever so excited for Starfall. Cassia is made to face everything she ran away from as well as where she stands with Kane when dragged back to her home world of Eturia. These two protagonists were an absolute favorite in the first book and I was so very happy for them to get their own story now.
Both Cassia and Kane were forced to deal with some truly difficult moments and their friendship was definitely put to the test. Warring with their feelings, making decisions that could impact entire worlds. They made their fair share of mistakes but still persevered. I really missed the on ship dynamic between the crew members though. There were a few moments with Renny, Solara, and Doran that truly shined but Cassia and Kane’s story was much more solitary.
The threats fueling this story seemed to come from all sides and there was one problem after another for Cassia, Kane, and co. Chief among them being Eturia’s war ravaged land, plotting rulers, and an uprising among her people. Plus it’s hard to know who to trust after being away for two years. There’s also a larger galaxy wide plot courtesy of the mafia. To be honest though it felt a bit overreaching to cram so many issues into this one plot.
Overall I did enjoy Starfall by Melissa Landers but thought it was missing the inspiration and crew dynamics that stood out in Starflight. Cassia and Kane were still wonderful characters and I loved reading about their back and forth dilemmas. While the plot could have been more cohesive I did find the threats terrifying. Definitely pick this up if you loved Starflight!
Have you read Starfall? How did it compare to Starflight for you? Did you enjoy all the Cassia and Kane moments? Let me know in the comments below!